Wrong Vs Right
Is killing wrong?
Is helping someone to kill wrong?
Is witnessing a killing wrong?
Is watching a video of a killing wrong?
Should we censor the contents thats uploaded to web?
Is showing a video of people doing bad thing, a bad thing?
Nate Anderston writes a good article related to this in arstechnica.com
Here is an excerpt:
In both cases, Google is alleged to bear some responsibility for the material it makes available. The two cases raise an interesting question: do sites like Google Video bear an ethical responsibility to screen content before allowing it to be seen by others? Is the decision to remove offensive or illegal material only after receiving takedown requests a legitimate way to quickly build a library of content, or is it simply a cop-out?
The question is complicated by the fact that showing a video of people doing bad things is not always a bad thing. The Italian clip, for instance, certainly does not represent the sort of behavior that most societies would hope to see displayed toward their most vulnerable members, but airing the clip on Google Video has helped to spark a national debate over the issue of bullying in the schools there. Perhaps Google should be thanked?
Likewise, the nightly news is filled with clips of death, destruction, and famine, yet these can also help to show people the reality of the evils that plague the world. Forcing Google and others to censor violent or otherwise "irresponsible" material puts businesses in an impossible position—should they allow the world to see only clips that show good behaviors? If not, how do they decide which bad behaviors are good for society to witness, and which ones are harmful?
Sometimes people need to be shocked out of complacency or offended by witnessing something despicable; such video clips can be powerful catalysts for social change. Requiring Google to screen content could easily lead to a "lowest-common-denominator" system in which anything edgy, questionable, or disturbing is simply censored, since it's not worth the time and money needed to fight every battle. While this might rid legitimate online video sites in major countries of certain kinds of clips (offshore sites are unlikely to care), it's hardly a great solution to a complicated problem.Silence,